Gobblers on the green

A pair of turkeys has taken up residence on local golf course

Claud Buchanan and Renee Wright check out the latest attractions at the Memorial Golf Course in Qualicum Beach.

With wildlife abounding in the area, Bob Smiley thought he had seen it all.

However, the chair of the board of directors of the Qualicum Beach Memorial Golf Club got an eye opener recently when he found a pair of turkeys looking for handouts on the fifth hole.

The course, he said, is no stranger to wildlife as he points to a dappled fawn laying on the grass at the base of a tree near the clubhouse.

“That’s a newborn,” he said. “The mama’s just left her resting right there. We get deer, bears, and even had a cougar one time.”

However, the pair of turkeys is a new one for him and, after they showed up at the fifth tee about a week ago, they’ve become a bit of an attraction for the golfers and staff at the downtown course.

“We don’t know which farm they came from, but I think they’re yearlings. They’re extremely friendly,” he said of the golf course gobblers. 

“They don’t bother the golfers and I think they’re just looking for a handout.”






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